Early Railways

A Guide for the Modeller

Peter Chatham, Stephen Weston

Early Railways, A Guide for the Modeller will encourage and support the modelling of the earliest period of railway history, from the very beginnings of steam traction at the start of the nineteenth century, up to about 1880; a period which for British modellers has scarcely been covered in book form. Over these few decades the railways evolved fro
Date Published :
May 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
150 color & black and white illustrations, a selection of drawings and track plans
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781526700162
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 11 X 8.5 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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Early Railways, A Guide for the Modeler will encourage and support the modeling of the earliest period of railway history, from the very beginnings of steam traction at the start of the nineteenth century, up to about 1880; a period which for British modelers has scarcely been covered in book form. Over these few decades the railways evolved from something which at the start was markedly different, into a scene that any present-day railwayman would recognize.

It is a time with much to commend it from a modelers point of view. The trains were much shorter and therefore easier to fit into the limited space most of us have available as, correspondingly, were the station layouts, especially at the beginning of the period. Modeled at 7mm to the foot scale, a modern steam express would need at least 12 or 13 feet in length and a minimum curve radius of 6 feet, whereas an 1840 express of a loco and a dozen carriages might be no more than about 6 feet long and, behind the scenes at least, able to take curves of no more than 2 or 3 feet radius, as well as being able to instantly catch the eye of the viewer.

About The Author
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After working as a geologist, Stephen Weston went on to develop his own company, which specialises in the stabilisation of old shallow mine workings and mineshafts. He joined the London & North Western Railway Society and for three years was the Journal Editor. His interest in the London & Birmingham Railway and 0 Gauge modelling resulted in the formation of Parliamentary Trains Ltd., where Stephen is responsible for kit production and marketing.

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